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Birthplace of Lee Hang-ro

이항로선생생가 ( 李恒老先生生家 )

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Classification Tangible Cultural Heritage
Name of Cultural Properties Birthplace of Lee Hang-ro
Designated Date 1980.06.02

This is where Hwaseo Lee Hang-ro (1792-1868), a Neo-Confucian scholar of the Late Joseon Period, was born and raised. Byeokgyemaeul Village where the house is located, is where the Byeokjin Lee Clan live together. In addition to the birthplace of Lee Hang-ro, there is also Nosansa Shrine built to pass down the advanced learning and Confucianism studies of Lee Hang-ro. The clan started living in Byeokgyemaeul Village during the time of Lee Hang-ro’s great-great-grandfather, and Lee Hang-ro’s father is said to have constructed the main building of the birthplace around 200 years ago. The current arrangement of the house is a horizontally long square shape that combines the L-shaped main building and C-shaped guesthouse with the wall in between. The guesthouse was newly constructed in 1994 and the auditorium to the south of the house was built recently. The original form of the house, however, consists of an L-shaped main building and straight servant’s quarters. Unlike other powerful houses, the main building and guesthouse were not decorated in but the floored room that functions as a guesthouse was installed in one corner of the main building to perform the functions of a simple guesthouse.

This house did not form a separate guesthouse but utilized part of the main building as the guesthouse space. While built in the size of samnyangga (three girder structure), the toekan (half the size of a kan formed to the front and back or left and right of a body consisting of regular kan) on the front and back were utilized to secure half kan of space on each sides. This shows how the nobility in the countryside secured essential space in the house under less than well-to-do circumstances.